Technology Advances in Clinical Trials: Electronic Scale Administration

The use of technology is constantly changing the world around us, creating great opportunity to improve upon how we live and work. Advances in technology have enabled many industries to evolve in such a way that was unimaginable 20 years ago. In the world of clinical trials, the use of technology can offer tremendous efficiencies while reducing risk and improving data quality.

Rater administered tests, while vital to all studies, have the potential to introduce noise if not properly managed. Bracket’s electronic scale administration (eAdmin) combines the best of technology and years of clinical trial experience to provide systematic direction to raters, ensuring clinical value and quality control. eAdmin scales detect and prevent scoring and administration errors on key outcomes; enhance the performance of trained raters; and improve drug- placebo response detection. This is all accomplished without altering the scale content itself.

eAdmin scales prompt the rater and/or subject with different questions and information depending on the subject’s prior responses, making it easier for less experienced raters to administer the scales accurately.

The e-Admin scales have been an exciting development for us and are currently deployed in worldwide Alzheimer’s program under the direction of Dr. David Miller, Bracket’s Therapeutic Area Leader.

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Bracket to Present at the APA 167th Annual Meeting in New York

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) 167th Annual Meeting is taking place May 3-7 in New York. The American Psychiatric Association currently represents over 33,000 psychiatrists globally, all working together to ensure effective care and treatment for those with mental disorders.

The Scientific Program’s focus this year is changing the practice and perception of psychiatry and will include a variety of sessions and courses. Bracket’s Joan Busner, Ph.D., will be presenting her scientific poster coauthored by Stuart A. Montgomery, M.D., author of the Montgomery Asberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS).

Dr. Busner and Dr. Montgomery’s research will examine the level to which the two lowest endorsed depression items on the MADRS, Reduced Appetite and Suicidal Thoughts1, corresponded to overall depressive illness severity and to other depressive symptoms in four geographic regions.

Poster Details:

Major Depressive Symptom Patterns Among International Clinical Trials Patients
Joan Busner, Ph.D; Stuart A. Montgomery, M.D.
Poster Number: NR6-089
Date: Monday, May 5 at 2:30 p.m.
Location: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center – Level 3, Halls 3A/3B

For more information on the APA 167th Annual Meeting, click here.

1Busner J, Montgomery SA: “Regional baseline symptom patterns in major depressive disorder trials” Poster presentation, CNS Summit, Boca Raton, FL, November 14-17, 2013.